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Events Timetable


Online Training Sessions

Session 1 Introduction to Fabric Identification and Dating

24 October 2020 1pm-3pm

2-hour session, delivered online via Zoom Host: Rachel Terry

In this session we will look at examples of 18th, 19th and 20th century fabrics of the types used in patchwork and quilting. We will focus on clues to dating fabrics by looking at dyeing, printing and weaving techniques. The session will also point to museum and archive collections which are helpful for research in this area.

The session will be a combination of Power-point slides and actual physical examples which will be shared onscreen. The group is small so that participants can ask questions and comment. Full information on using Zoom will be sent to participants in advance of the session.

8 places are available. Open to all Guild Members 

E-mail researchchair_bqsg@quiltersguild.org.uk  to book a place.

Closing date for bookings Friday 16 October 2020.

This session is full but if interested please email to register your interest for a possible repeat session.


Session 2 - Initial Ideas for Research Mentoring session

31 October 2020 1pm-3pm

2-hour session, delivered online via Zoom Host: Rachel Terry

Do you have an interesting idea for patchwork and quilt research and aren’t sure where to start? Or, maybe you’ve started some initial research and would like help to explore further in order to write an abstract or progress a possible paper. I am hosting a friendly session via Zoom which might be the next step for you.

The session will be a combination of sharing your ideas and discussion around good research practice. The group is small so that participants can ask questions and comment. Full information on using Zoom will be sent to participants in advance of the session.

8 places are available. Open to all Guild Members 

E-mail researchchair_bqsg@quiltersguild.org.uk to book a place.

Closing date for bookings Friday 23 October 2020.



A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION OF THE QUILTERS' GUILD COLLECTION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE HERE

http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/current/explore-our-collection-virtual-miniexhibition-staying-at-home.html



UPCOMING EVENTs Please check before booking as these may be cancelled due to the current situation


BQSG 2020 Seminar – Postponement and Revised Dates

Further to the postponement announcement in the e-newsletter of 12th June, I can now inform you that we plan to hold the 2021 BQSG Seminar, in Darlington, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October 2021. Please note these dates in your diary – and keep them free!

Booking for the Seminar will not re-open until a-date-to-be-advised in 2021. As previously stated, the option for a full refund will continue to apply until we re-open booking. (see seminars page for more details regrding refunds)

Any queries, please contact me at seminar_bqsg@quiltersguild.org.uk. Best wishes,

Laura Cochran - Seminar Organiser




BQSG introduction to Quilt Research Study Day   CANCELLED

Thursday 14th May 2020: 10.30 – 16.00 hrs

The Quilters’ Guild Headquarters, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York Y01 7PW

Quilts can be fascinating items to study and if you have always wondered how to go about unlocking their secrets here is your chance to find out more. This is a full day workshop on how to begin quilt research. The sessions are suitable for beginners to quilt research and those wishing to gain new ideas on research techniques or who haven’t done research for a while.

On the day you will be able to learn about different approaches to studying historic and contemporary quilts and quiltmaking practice. There will be guidance on selecting a research topic, finding information, putting quilts into context and working with museums. There will also be a practical study session with the chance to examine quilts in detailfrom The Quilters’ Guild Collection, and learn how to “read” a quilt.

The study day will be led by Isabel Dibden Wright, previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Heather Audin, curator of The Quilters’ Guild Collection.

Information on how to find The Quilters’ Guild, including a map and travel directions, can be found at www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/finding-us/

Please complete the booking form HERE.  Spaces are limited, so early booking is advisable.

(Please note: There are no facilities for refreshments on site so please bring them with you. Due to space restrictions lunch must be taken off site, but there are many places to eat nearby).


Events held in 2020 were:-

Recent Acquisitions to the Quilters’ Guild Collection: Study Session held on Thursday 12th March 2020: 1.30 – 4.00 pm at The Quilters’ Guild, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PE. The afternoon visit was an opportunity to view some of the recent acquisitions made to the Quilters’ Guild collection. Heather Audin, the curator led this session sharing her expertise and giving valuable insight into the history and provenance of these pieces. This type of session may encourage some of you to consider some research into what you are able to study during a visit to the Guild Collection.

Events held in 2019 were:-                                        
BQSG 2019 SEMINAR was held at the Holiday Inn, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ, 25- 27 October 2019 where we heard a a wide range of very interesting papers and speakers covering many subjects. Study sessions on Friday 25 October were held at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, GU9 7DS.  Here we saw a range of items (textile and documentary) from the Crafts Study Centre’s own collection, in addition to a selection of items from the (neighbouring) Textiles Collection of UCA Farnham.  As well as items from the Muriel Rose Bequest (which feature in both collections), we were be able to take a close look at a very wide range of textiles.

How Do I Start? Where Do I Go Next? BQSG Advanced Research Day which took place on Saturday 7th Sept 2019: 10.30 – 16.00 at the John Woolman Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London

Exploring Research Study Day which took place on 29th June 2019  from 10:30pm to 4:00 pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

A 'Recent Acquisitions' Study Session was held on 30th March 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PW.

Events held during 2018 were:-

The 2018 SEMINAR held at the COPTHORNE HOTEL, CULVERHOUSE CROSS, CARDIFF on the 26 – 28 OCTOBER

with a study session and visit to St Fagan's National Museum of History

SEPTEMBER 2018

BQSG Introduction to Quilt Research Study Day was held onSaturday 1st September 2018 10.30am. - 4.00pm.

at The Quilters' Guild Headquarters, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW  

JULY 2018

BQSG Quilt Research Study Day was held on Saturday 14th July 2018 10.00am. - 4.00pm.

at Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester M13BB